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Are You Using the Right Hair Care Products?

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Who said that being natural was easy? It is hard enough trying to find styles that fit you, but it is even harder trying to find the right products for your hair. As a natural hair sister, you have to be conscious of what you are putting in your hair and how much you are putting in your hair. Personally I have found YouTube as a helpful source for new products I could try on my hair. But first before purchasing your natural hair care products remember to read the back of the label to check for harmful ingredients that are not healthy for your natural hair. Here are the top 10 ingredients to avoid putting in your hair:

  1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
  2. MINERAL OIL & PETROLATUM
  3. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG)
  4. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
  5. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
  6. CHLORINE
  7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
  8.  FD & C Color PIGMENTS
  9. FRAGRANCE
  10. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN

(Source: nappturality.com)

If you see any of the ingredients above in your products PUT IT DOWN! These products will do nothing but rip your hair from its natural state. Now I will give you some great products that will help you with your natural hair journey. But remember not all hair is alike so find what works for your hair; some will not work for all. Keep experimenting!

Pre- poos: A treatment applied prior to shampooing that consists of oils and/ or conditioners.

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  • Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre- Shampoo Hair Treatment
  • Castor Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Shampoos: Every natural hair sister needs a good, effective shampoo. Shampoo as often as necessary, the more products used the more often your hair should be shampooed.

  • Giovanni Shampoo 50:50 Balanced Hydrating- Clarifying
  • SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Kinky- Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

 

Co-washes: Generally consists of using conditioner in place of shampoo.

  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleaning Conditioner
  • As I Am Cleaning Pudding
  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Hamadi Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash
  • Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash

Instant Conditioners: “Instantly” moisturizes the hair and makes it easier to manage

  • Aussie Moist Conditioner by Lush
  • Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curls and Waves Conditioner
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
  • Miss Jessie’s Crème de la Crème Conditioner

Deep Conditioners: can yield many great results, such as moisturizing hair, which make it more manageable and restores nutrients such as protein.

  • Motions Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Pantene Curly Hair Series Deep Moisturizing Treatment
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioner
  • Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner
  • Organic Roots Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

Leave- in Conditioner: will provide your natural hair with moisture and nourishment it will need until your next wash day.  

  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave- in Conditioner Repair Cream
  • Kinky- Curly Knot Today
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave- In Conditioner
  • SheaMoister Organic Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Mixed Chicks Leave- in Conditioner

Oils and Sealants: Sealing the hair especially the ends is a very important step in your hair regimen. For sealing to be effective use a water- based moisturizer and then seal with an oil.

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  • Argan oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Vatika Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil

Stylers: Results in a more controlled, sleeker, and more voluminous look.

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Kinky- Curly Curling Custard
  • Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing
  • As I Am Twist Defining Cream
  • Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer
  • Blended Beauty Happy Nappy
  • Curls Whipped Cream
  • Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue
  • Miss Jessie’s Stretch Silkening Cream

Whether you are transitioning or have been natural all your life this hair product list is a great start. Find a daily routine that fits you and your hair and keep a hair journal to document your beautiful hair journey. Until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

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The Ingredients to My Fro.

Day in and day out I hear multiple conversations on the surface reasons as to why ladies are becoming natural. A few are: 

“I decided to grow my hair naturally because the chemicals made my hair fall out” 

“I wanted to try something healthier” 

“I’m trying a new look” 

However behind every afro there are reasons to why we have gone natural, I called these our ingredients to our fro. I’m only going to give three in this post. 

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Being Natural is in Style

Believe it or not, there are individuals that decide to participate in certain behaviors as a result of the mass population indulging in them as well. However, others may look as some as simply following trends.  

 

My Hair Has No Other Choice 

While some ladies love rocking their newly healthy hair please do not be fools. Some ladies have damaged hair for perms, weaves, and other hair experiments. Before the afrocentric look became extremely popular again, these young ladies were trying their best to find ways to make their damaged hair look decent. Now that females rocking low cuts are not only in style in addition to being sexy, these women are able to rock out and grow healthy hair. 

My Prerogative

Now to the lady that just wanted something different. She’s not doing it to fit in or to look more “black”. Most likely she’s been natural and now she’s “in style”.  Also, some women like the versatility of having a perm then going natural to give their hair a short break from the chemicals in a perm. 

**Disclaimer**

 Having natural hair does not always mean having healthy hair. Yes many use “natural products” however too many products at one time can stunt your hair’s growth. There are plenty of people with perms who have healthy hair. 

No matter what are your ingredients to your fro my beautiful sisters, make sure you rock them out to the fullest. I would love to hear the ingredients to your fro. 

Revitalize Yo’ Hair!

We’ve all had those couple of days, weeks…. and if you’re me, months when you completely let go off your hair routine. 

You just say “fahget about it” and let your hair’s health sit on the back burner. 
Perhaps you’re busy with school, work, or just having a lazy weekend. When you come back to the real world your hair is dry, you’re suffering from single strand knots, breakage and a slew of other hair issues.
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Where do you go from here? Deep conditioning? Protein treatment? Oil Rinse? One of those may work, but if you’ve neglected your hair for an extended period of time you will need more than that. 

For two months I let me hair do it’s own thing. I did everything half-way… I sorta washed it, I kinda moisturized it, I may have kept my ends protected. When I woke up and smelled the roses my hair was a mess. I was suffering from dry, flaky, bleeding scalp; my ends where serious damaged and my hair was shredding like no tomorrow. I took 6 hours out of my Friday night to revitalize my hair and it worked tremendously. Whether you let you hair slide for a couple day, months or just need something to give your hair some extra life – I suggest you try this…

 

1- Avocado + Egg Hair Mask – 2 hours 

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1/2 a ripe avocado 
1 egg 
coconut oil 
castor oil 
hand mixer or whisk 
bowl

 

 

Step One: Add your avocado and egg into the bowl, mix with the hand mixer on high power 
Step Two: Heat up your oils (I just the bottles in the sink under running hot water) 
Step Three: Add Oils to the avocado and egg mixture, blend on high power until there are very little avocado chunks left.
Step Four: Wet your hair – you can use a spray bottle or run you hair under water 
Step Five: Divided you hair into four to six sections and work the mixture into your hair from root to ends  
Step Six: Cover your hair with a shower cap. (I tripled up on the shower caps and wrapped my head with a t-shirt to promote heat)

 

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Let it sit for an hour to an hour and half. 

2- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – 15 minutes  

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Apple Cider Vinegar 
an empty bottle of water

Step One: Mix 3 part water and 1 part ACV in the empty of water. 
Step Two: Wash your hair out with this ‘potion’ — working section by section 
*tip* be very careful not to get this mixture in your eyes, nose or mouth. 
Step Three: Thoroughly rinse your hair out 

– Your hair should feel much lighter with extreme bounce. Your curly pattern should also be very defined. 

Here’s a photo of my extremely defined hair strand:

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3- Deep Conditioner – 1 hour 

Tools: 
Your favorite deep conditioning product [ I used Creme Of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment pack] 

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Step One: work your conditioning treatment into your hair, root to tip 
Step Two: Put a plastic shower cap on your head and let it sit for an hour 
Step Three: Rinse it out thoroughly

After Care – You can follow this line – up by putting a protective style such like braids, twist or hair weave in OR you can style as usually. 
I followed this with a Bantu knot out and achieved great results . 

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New Season, New Goals.

As the summer is coming to an end most people find themselves coming up with new goals for the remaining four months of the year. This year I am guilty as charged. My new goal is to get fit (I cannot afford to lose any weight) and find a constructive activity like kickboxing or Zumba. Granted I have a low cut so I do not have to worry about sweating my hair out. However, here are some tips to be able to work out yet not sweat out your hair too much.

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Time:
If you love to run, run early in the morning when the air is still cool. This allows your hair to sweat out a little less.

How to style:
Natural hair- if you braid your hair at night then keep it the same.
Permed hair- you can keep it wrapped by putting bobby pins in it.

Scarves: Some may feel scarves are too ghetto and should not be worn to the gym. However, I feel if you have a hair style that needs it then wear it. Just make sure it’s the best scarf you have. Don’t go to the gym in your scarf with all the holes in it. If you still feel uncomfortable then style your scarf to make it look like a fashion statement.

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Don’t let the pressure of your hair stop you from reaching your goals. Please share if you use a different style to protect your hair when you work out.

~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough

Curls Unleashed: Product Recommendation

The Product:
The constant struggle of keeping one’s curly style curly is a reoccurring issue for many women. Like many other company’s Organic Root Stimulator has come out with a product to help refresh one’s curls. 
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The product Curl Refresher was created to rejuvenate curls. The product is meant to be placed on one’s hair after washing it. It does take a little while for the product to dry in your hair. However, it smells good so it won’t be painful wait. The one great thing about Curl Refresher is how soft your curls come out. It really makes your curls look and feel natural. 

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In addition to trying out products I check out the website. Curls Unleashed website provides product information, education on the type of hair you have and which products go with that texture of hair and lastly a look book. I found the look book interesting because it helps women find interesting styles to try on this natural hair journey. 

Company History

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My Recommendation:

Overall, I recommend this product for those who need to refresh their curls for a special occasion. This product did not compliment my hair to stay curly for longer than the day I placed the product on my hair. Like I always say, the same product may compliment someone else’s hair differently than mine. Please let me know how you like Curl Refresher. 

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~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough) 

I Am Not My Natural Hair.

Since I cut my hair I have had a lot of people compliment me on my cut and express their love for natural hairstyles. Occasionally afro centric individuals will approach me on the “Sista” tip assuming because I cut off my hair that I am into being afro centric. It always makes me wonder what individuals thought of me when my hair was natural yet pressed. Did they view me as another conformer to society by having straight hair. Did they feel I was wasting my time being natural if I did not want to embrace certain hairstyles?  So I pose the question ‘does having natural hair always mean you have to wear an afro or twists?

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My answer to the question is no. Having natural hair is a healthy hair choice not a lifestyle. Too often we associate hairstyles with lifestyles and that is not always the case. I know plenty of women who wear their wear straight who are heavily involved in being afro centric. On the other hand, I know women who wear afro centric hairstyles who could care less about empowering any one let alone African Americans.

 

Too often people feel the need to dress the part to show they are involved in certain things. For example, a lesbian does not have to dress like a male to prove she is a lesbian. Women do not have to have afro centric hairstyles to prove they are involved in afro centric activities. We need to learn how to embrace diversity in every scenario.

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Similar to African American women being judged on their hair in the workforce we have adapted the same mentality in our every day lives. We longer assume someone with natural hair may have other reasons for having the hairstyle other than to be afro centric. We have to start asking questions and finding out about the person instead of assuming they are a certain way based on their hair. I know for certain I am not my natural hair.
~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

Bad Weather: Great Hair

As most people know rain does not discriminate when it comes to ruining a hairstyle. Today I am here to shed some sunlight on my a quick do for my natural sisters and support to fellow natural sister who I admire.

 

The second quickest hairstyle after a ponytail is a bun. Some may believe making a bun is easy. Yet when your hair is thick and a little wild-then the bun becomes a morning project. So my friend, Huneyb Flyy created a Youtube video on how to create a Natural Hair High Bun.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLtRgY8fkRo

 

 

In her video she mentions the actual bun you use to wrap your hair around. There are a few ways to get that bun.

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1. They sell them in beauty supply stores

2. Use 2 old socks (more socks depending on how big you want your bun)

– Cut off the toes of the 1st sock

– Now continuously flip the sock in and out until it makes a little bun

– Take the 2nd sock and wrap it around the 1st sock

– Continue the 2nd step

– Lastly take a knee high the color of your hair (just in case the bun shows it will blend in with  your hair

– Wrap it around your socks the same way you did for your socks

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Tweet us pics @afromadu to show us how well Huneyb Flyy’s tutorial helped you out.

 

In order for us as a people to become united as a race we must support one another. Please support my friend Huneyb Flyy:

 

Website: huneybflyy.com

Twitter: @huneybflyy

Instagram: @huneyflyy

Youtube Channel: Huneybflyy1

 

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)